We would hope that anyone in Shanghai into good electronic music will know whats going down tomorrow night at The Shelter, but just in case you somehow missed out on what was one of the best albums of last year – Kuedo’s ‘Severant’, here’s a little intro into what Antidote is bringing to Shanghai this Friday!
If there is one artist that encapsulates the new found air of uninhibited creative expression in modern electronic music then surely that artist is Jamie Teasdale. From his seminal work as one half of Vex’d, which paved the way for what is now known as Dubstep, to his barrier breaking work under the name Jamie Vex’d, to his new and highly praised moniker as Kuedo, Mr Teasdale has made some of the best electronic music in the past 10 years.
Making his name as part of the acclaimed duo Vex’d, whose brutal take on Dubstep helped define it in its infancy, Jamie Teasdale’s re-invention under his Kuedo moniker is nothing short of breath-taking. His early works under this pseudonym such as the acclaimed ‘Starfox’ on Planet Mu were colourful and warm, playful and exuberant and perfectly encapsulated the new found sense of freedom and release found as he removed himself from the restrictive and often nonsensical notions of ‘genre’. Not one to rest on his laurels however, he spent each subsequent release developing and evolving his sound, the pinnacle of which is his debut LP ‘Severant’ , also released on Planet Mu. More introspective and melancholic than his earlier works, the emotive, bladerunner-esque soundscapes represent the futuristic, sci-fi world he now inhabits, a world that he has singlehandedly created for himself.
His sets, both as a DJ and Live, also reflect his wildly diverse range of influences and inspirations. Hard Atlanta rap instruments and fervent footwork sit side by side with 80’s synth soundtracks, quasi disco and all manner of elements from the post-dubstep musical universe, brought together with seaming ease. What defines Kuedo is, paradoxically, the impossibility of defining him. A renaissance man of electronic music and beyond, here’s to the future…
Joining Kuedo on the night will be Downstate fresh off his album release last week, Hamacide (who released a great EP with ChaCha this week), Blaise Deville, Cavia and some 8-bit madness from Monkey Benders. Don’t really need to say much more, if your in Shanghai and like proper electronic music then this is where you need to be!
It already seems like this year is going to be one of the best years for Shanghai music releases! Last Saturday’s Downstate album release was a complete success, and Tom played an absolute belter of a live set! Big thanks to everyone who came down to support local music!
Fresh out of the studio this week is Hamacide and ChaCha’s new EP – You Me! A brand new track produced by Hamacide with ChaCha on vocals, and remixes by Downstate, Jared Turinsky, Lightswitch Lafayette and Hamacide himself, with beautiful artwork by Lily Xiao! Check it out below, and download it from here. Its a ‘name your price’ release, so you can download it for free but you could also throw them a bit of cash and show your support!
Here’s a bit more info from Hamacide:
‘ChaCha is one of the first people I saw perfom when I moved to Shanghai in 2010. Since then, I have heard her on numerous recordings ranging in many different styles, and I knew I had to work with her on something. In late 2011, just before ChaCha was about to head to Madrid for the Redbull Music Academy, I asked her to do one track with me. Originally I meant for the track to be on a future Hamacide LP, but I got the idea to get some of my friends from Shanghai and New York to re-interpretate this track. I then asked Lily Xiao, whose work I really loved, to do the cover art.’
This Saturday sees the 5th release on Shanghai’s PAUSE:MUSIC label, Downstate’s ‘Farewell Static’ LP. We’ve had this one repeat for a while now and its an absolute belter! Here is a little taster from the album, with a killer music video by Kim Laughton!
On Saturday 25th February, PAUSE:MUSIC are releasing their 4th full length release – Downstate’s ‘Farewell Static’. We’ve been looking forward to this release for a long time now (its been a while in the making) and are confident in saying its one of the best releases we have put out so far. The album artwork, by Kim Laughton, is featured in the poster above, and check out this short sampler Downstate has just put together. More info on the launch party coming soon..
A few month’s back Downstate shipped a whole bunch of his records over from the UK and we’ve been waiting to hear what delights he has in store for us since. Finally, this morning we received ‘The Mutant Sandwich’ Mixtape, a lovely bit of DnB to start the day off! Enjoy!
Downstate – The Mutant Sandwich Mixtape
Captain Weedo over at Urban Waves has just dropped this great compilation of future electronics! It features 22 international producers from all over the globe, including SIG, icenine, LON, Downstate, Hamacide, Doshy and a lot more! Keep an eye on Urban Waves as we hear they have some more great releases coming out very soon!! Big up Weedo!!
Urban Waves Compilation
Tonight, CLiCK! returns to the murky depths of The Shelter, with a very special live show. Local producers LON, Downstate and LLND will be playing a special 2 hour set of live electronics and improvisations. All three producers are seriously talented, and it will be really interesting to see what they come up with all together. Afterwards Drunk Monk will be playing a set of dark, deep dubstep, before one or two of the three producers jump back on the decks. All this, plus visuals by ROM’s Olivepixel!
As usual, check http://www.4thday-shanghai.com for more info and a weekly track download!
See you tonight!!